Can Lipizzans or TBs have blue eyes?

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    01-11-2010, 03:11 AM
Can Lipizzans or TBs have blue eyes?

I am not sure if this is the correct area to post this :) But I was hoping you could help me out. I have a Lipizzan/TB filly that is 8 months old. She is in the process of turning grey,but is a mousy black right now. Her eyes are blue! She isn't blind or anything. I am wondering if her eyes could possibly stay like this since she is already 8 months of if her eyes will likely turn to brown? I haven't seen a Lippy or a TB with blue eyes and neither of her parents have I guess I am just curious Thanks in advance!

P.S PLEASE EXCUSE THE MUD ON HER IN THESE PICS! She had just finished rolling and playing when I let her I promise I groom my horses regularly LOL
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    01-11-2010, 03:26 AM
Part of it looks to be the reflection from the camera flash, also known as eye shine. Do her eyes have that thick blue hue to them outside in the sun too? If so, I don't think that is something that is natural. To me, that screams future sight problems. I would have a vet check it immediately just to rule out any problems.
    01-11-2010, 03:31 AM
Her eyes are blue inside a building and outside in the sun. They are more dark blue like the 1st and 3rd pic rather than the ice blue of the 2nd and 4th. What kind of eye problems could it be?

Thanks for your help!
    01-11-2010, 03:38 AM
I don't know. It may be nothing at all or it could be some kind of early vision problem that could progress. Only a vet could say for sure.
    01-11-2010, 04:20 AM
Green Broke
I'm with Smrobs n this one. Get her checked just to be sure. If there is something wrong, maybe it is more treatable if caught early...
    01-11-2010, 07:49 AM
I don't know about Lipizzans at all, but yes - absolutely - TB's can have blue eyes!

Go here:

Cool and Unusual Thoroughbreds!!!

And especially here:

Splash White Thoroughbred Photos

And you will see a bunch of blue eyed TB's ...

Sometimes the eyes are ice blue, and sometimes navy - and everything in between

Honestly? Save your money - there is going to be NOTHING wrong with her eyes just because they are a navy blue colour ...
    01-11-2010, 12:22 PM
Please get her checked, as this blue colour is in her pupil, not just the iris. If it is in her pupil it could be something similar to cataracts, in which case she could lose her sight at some point.
    01-11-2010, 12:26 PM
Green Broke
They sure can have blue eyes, but those arent normal blue eyes, get her checked, and let us know how it goes! :)
    01-11-2010, 12:41 PM
THanks for all the advice. I have only had her about 4 weeks and she was in a darker barn so I really didn't notice them until about a week ago. I will call my vet and at least tell him what is going on and see if you thinks he needs to check it out. I will let you all know as soon as I hear anything.

There isn't a chance they could just be normal blue going to stay blue without health problem eyes? :(
    01-11-2010, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
Her eyes look like they are turning brown, the iris looks brown tith a blue tinge

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